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We Watches Us, a 66 page graphic novel about four artists living in a dystopian world inundated with ads and voyeuristic corporations.
We Watches Us, a 66 page graphic novel about four artists living in a dystopian world inundated with ads and voyeuristic corporations.
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We Watches Us follows four artists during a 24-hour live stream. Their city is inundated with ads and voyeuristic corporations. (Not so different from our non-fictional reality, eh?) Except in their world, there are no laws, only individual contracts between them and the various corporations. They have all signed contracts with the social network, Live Art Inc. It seemed like a pretty good deal. In exchange for a cozy apartment and delicious food they allow the Live Art corporation to surveil and stream their lives 24/7. The characters are mildly content with their agreements until a product malfunctions and kills one of them. Suddenly, they each feel the weight of their individual contracts and wonder who really is to blame.          

The Story Behind The Story

I started illustrating and writing We Watches Us in March 2018. This year I spent my time at art residencies which allowed me the time to work on this comic as well as other projects. At most of the art residencies I did work exchanges. In exchange for room and board I helped clean and run the art residencies. During my time at these residencies I was surrounded by incredible multidisciplinary artists from around the world which, of course had a positive impact on me and my work. I am very appreciative of all the artists I met this year. I admire all of them and the way they connect uniquely with the world. Thank you all very much!

So, it made sense to me that my characters all be artists. One of the many questions that we asked each other seemed to be, how do you support yourself and do art? It's a question we all ask ourselves, how can we stay true to ourselves but also live the life we desire? Is it possible? I had already started We Watches Us, I had sketched out most of my characters and the plot, but there was time to make a few key changes. I thought this dystopian world answered the question of how to support yourself and be an artist. However, it raised other questions, at what costs? what are you willing to give up? How much of your privacy have you lost? Would I sign a LiveArt contract? What have I signed away and given up in real life, beyond these comic pages? 

Stretch Goal # 1 

Stretch Goal #2

The Rewards

In addition to the graphic novel, you can pick up several Kickstarter-exclusive rewards! Including risograph character prints,an alternative cover, LiveArt stickers, one of the characters hand embroidered by Amia Kane, even a limited number of custom art and prints, and maybe even more exciting....a custom zine illustrated and printed by me for you! There are a lot of fun rewards at all levels! Check them out :)

The Book  

A soft cover, full color, 8.5" x 6.5" (21 cm X 17 cm), 66 page graphic novel.

The Alternative Cover 

A soft cover, full color, 8.5" x 6.5" (21 cm X 17 cm), 66 page graphic novel. This is a limited edition for this kickstarter project only! I will sign the copy with a hand written thank you note.

Stickers 

 Everyone that orders something physically shipped gets BONUS LiveArt stickers! This variety of LiveArt stickers include all the  LiveArt advertisements featured in the graphic novel! 

Digital Art

 I have made a digital art poster for each character in We Watches Us. I will send you a PDF of one of the digital character posters!

The Sarah Maloney Comic Package 

 This package includes my first graphic novel, We All Fall Down , We Watches Us, and an unreleased zine Feel-Things!

Become a Character in We Watches Us! 

There are a few exciting ways I can illustrate you into the comic! You could be taking a selfie with one of the characters or be at the subway station or even be featured in one of the many advertisements featured in this story! It's up to you  ;)

Character Prints

I will take some of my preliminary character sketches and print two 8.5" x 5.5" risograph prints at Paper Press Punch, a local Seattle Print & Book Studio.

Personal Prints

I'll draw you in the style of We Watches Us and print two 8.5" x 5.5" risograph prints at Paper Press Punch, a local Seattle Print & Book Studio.

Custom Sketch 

 Here are some examples of my previous work so you can get a sense of my style. Let me know what you would like illustrated and I will send you an original Sarah Maloney Commissioned Art! 9" x  12" (22.5 cm x 30 cm)

Disclaimer: I will not illustrate anything hateful, discriminatory or offensive. 

Character Embroidery  

 Amia Kane is a multidisciplinary artist based in San Francisco. She has done commissioned work for me before. Here are a few examples of her embroidery work. This is an awesome package because you can support two artists and you'll get an embroidery of one of the characters in We Watches Us.

Custom Zine 

example pages from my own comics and zines

You come up with the concept and I'll create a maximum 10 page zine for you! Send me a concept or the written words and I will illustrate it, design it, and print it for you. Maybe you are a poet who always wanted your words illustrated. Or maybe you want an illustrated zine of your favorite beverages and recipes. Maybe you want a mini biography of an amazing person who never got the recognition they deserve! Get creative people!

Disclaimer: I will not illustrate anything hateful, discriminatory or offensive.

How I'll Use The Money  

 Pretty simple. I will use the money towards printing the graphic novel and the rewards. If I go over my goal I will use the money to fund my next comic (which is nearly finished :> yay)

Me 

Thanks for taking the time to check out my kickstarter page and helping me reach my goal! This is my second graphic novel and I can't wait to finish this and start number three. Check out my website, instagram or facebook for updates about this project as well as my other artsy fartsy activities.

Thank you!

Thank you all so much for checking out this project! With your help I can share this story ! Thank you thank you thank you :)

Special Thanks to Amia Kane for the amazing embroidery work! Thanks to the Throwback to School Podcast for having me on their show! And thank you Seattle Public Library, I couldn't have edited my video without your computers :)

Risks and challenges

I have already completed WE WATCHES US! The files are even prepared for printing! I'm just waiting for funding so that I can afford to print many, many copies of the graphic novel. This is my second graphic novel so I have experience with the printing process. I'm excited to share WE WATCHES US with my audience! Let's get it out into the world. Thank you!

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    SIGNED physical copies + PDF copies of WE WATCHES US, WE ALL FALL DOWN, FEEL-THINGS. 10 page Zine/Comic commissioned by you! Sarah Maloney will make a personalize zine/comic for you! You are free to send a theme, just the words, a synopsis, or whatever you can think of! Sarah Maloney will reject commissions that contain anything hateful or offensive

    because we are all better than that :)

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    I will hand deliver a SIGNED copy of WE WATCHES US to you any where in the world! (within reason) We can sit down for a chat if you want and talk about comics, or life, or even the weather!

    Send me an email if you have any questions about this one smaloneyart@gmail.com

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